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Hi I'm Rick Beard

I grew up in Pennsylvania. I joined the AirForce and lived in Germany. I am retired from an aerospace company. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was growing up I had four brothers and one sister. Graduated from Reading High School and started college wanting to be a doctor. Due to the Vietnam war I was about to be drafted into the army and that practically guaranteed me being sent to Vietnam. I enlisted in the Air Force wanting to be in the medical career field but they made me a weatherman instead. I lived in Texas, Illinois, Louisiana, Grafenwohr Germany, and Nebraska and got my degree in meteorology. The last three years was spent programming computers for Air Waether Service. After eight years in the Air Force I went to work for a small federal contracting company called Planning Research Corporation (PRC) as a progammer analyst. I went back to school and received a business degree from Bellevue University and worked for PRC for 23 years until that company was bought out by Northrop Grumman in 2002. In 2003 Bellevue University was looking for part time instructors. Submitting my resume I was told I had the proper expertise to teach several classes but I had to have a masters degree. I retired from Northrop as a manager in 2009. After about six months I decided went back to school and earned a Masters degree in Organizational Performance and I am persuing a teaching position at Bellevue University. I am currently taking the H & R Block tax course and will be working for them part time. In 1980 I married Helen Montrond in the Salt Lake Temple. We have one son and one daughter

Why I am a Mormon

Religion has always been a part of my life. I grew up attending the United Church of Christ. That church encouraged us to know of other peoples faiths. During the Lenten season pastors from different denominations would swap congregations for a Wednesday night class so I got to know about different churches. Joining the Air Force as a protestant, the chaplain conducting Sunday services was from different denominations. One week it would be a baptist, the next week might be a methodist or an evangelical. They all taught of Christ, but their interpretations of the bible different greatly. These interprtations gave me questions that at times the chaplain could or would not answer. Still having the desire to find a chruch that was able to answer my questions I studied other faiths and asked questions. It amazed me to hear that members did not know the answers. Even the pastors, some with doctorates, could not answer my questions. The Air Force assigned me to a small army post in Germany because the army does not have their own weather personnel. As the noncommisioned officer in charge for a unit of about 15 air force personnel it was my responsibility to indoctrinate new personnel to Grafenwohr. Our unit was assigned a new clerk and taking him to dinner I was impressed by how mature he was for a young man only barely in his twenties and I learned it was because of his religious teachings. I later learned he was LDS or Mormon but I had never heard of that religion so I started talking with him and was impressed with his knowledge of his church and of the gospel of Jesus Christ. After a few months I went to church with him. His religious leader invited me to join the rest of the single servicemen to dinner at his house. Afterwards I was allowed to ask questions to anyone present and was impressed that all knew the answers. This was the church I had been looking for all my life becasue it taght its doctrines to its people. I joined the church in 1974

How I live my faith

In my 37 years as a member of this church I have been truly blessed to have had the oppotunity to serve my Heavenly Father. Most of my callings were serving the youth as a scout leader or a priesthood advisor/teacher. I also served as a sunday school teacher and as the ward clerk responsible for the adminstrative affairs of the congregation. From the very beginning I was assigned as a home teacher. In the church, members of the various priesthood quorums are assigned families to visit on a monthly basis and help them in their efforts to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. Home teachers also provide help when needed. This has always been one of my favorite opportunities to serve. Unquestonably my greatest calling was that of a Bishop or the ecclasiciastical head of of a congregation as I had the responsibility to teach the gospel to my ward but especially to the young men and women of the church. I have been involved in scouting for more than 50 years and it comforts me to know that the principles of the scouting program and the pricnciples of the church seemed to fit together seemlessly. Over the years I learned that this is indeed the true church of Jesus Christ and that the gospel is not for Sundays only it is someting we need to have everyday. The church teaches us to pray as well as to read and study the scriptures on a daily basis. I take a great comfort in this as I know that the Savior is there for me in my trials and that is a great comfort. Because I know that I am not perfect and I am subject to mistakes I have come to know of the Atonement on a very personal level. The Savior not only took on himself my sins but all my infirmities and the gift of repentence allows me to be forgiven and that is indeed a blessing. I have a personal relationship with my Heavenly Father and know of His great love for us, for all his children. He has not nor will He ever forget who you are - a son or daughter who He loves beyond our capability to understand.